Vermillion Castle Trail

HARD 7 reviews
#20 of 44 trails in

Vermillion Castle Trail is a 1.4 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Parowan, Utah that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

1.4 miles
531 feet
Out & Back

dogs on leash



nature trips



wild flowers



Appropriately named, Vermillion Castle, from a distance looks every bit a castle. Spires and towers, lofty ceilings and sloping buttresses, one would expect a golden carriage to arrive at any moment. The trail requires a lot of sacrifice on behalf of the hiker to arrive at the front door for a closer look.

2 days ago

8/12/18 Path has pretty steep switchbacks with gravelly surface for much of the trail. It is very pretty, but I would be careful about taking kids or those with stability concerns up there. Gorgeous views of redrock cliffs at top.

2 months ago

Our family loved this hike—wouldn’t consider it “Hard” at all.

9 months ago

Great short hike. Definitely moderate, not hard hike.

9 months ago

Definitely wouldn't consider this hard. Just a few switchbacks right at the start then it's pretty level at the top. Great views in every direction pretty much the whole hike and it's short so why not?

Sunday, July 17, 2016

Not the biggest fan of switchbacks, however, this was a short but sweet trail with a beautiful view at the end.

Sunday, May 29, 2016

Trail is fairly steep and consists mostly of loose rocks and gravel on hard packed dirt. The trail is easy to follow and where it crosses hard rock there are cairns marking the trail.
The hike is short and there is no water on the trail. The road signs for getting there don't match Google Maps directions and you have to turn off of highway 143 at the sign for Five Mile Picnic Area and Yankee Meadow (brown sign white lettering).
The trail is mostly shady in early to late morning, but after that the only shade is from the occasional tree. At the end of the trail there are lots of small rock formations and a tiny arch.

Friday, July 22, 2011

Vermillion Castle are cliffs best seen at a distance. Simply getting closer doesn't add to the experience. For the time and effort I would hike Noah's Ark Trail across canyon, the views of Vermillion Castle are spectacular with the added bonus of Noah's Ark.